Environmental Specialist

Ada County Highway District   Garden City, ID   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on April 3, 2024
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Environmental Specialist

Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is now accepting applications for the position of Environmental Specialist (ES) for the Sediment and Erosion Control and Illicit Discharge Programs. This position is nonexempt and the starting wage is $26.00 - $29.90 per hour / DOQ. ACHD offers an excellent benefit package with medical, vision and dental insurance, paid vacation and holidays, paid parental leave, 401K match and membership in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI).

Primary Responsibilities: • A primary duty of the ES is the implementation of ACHD’s Construction Site Discharge Control (CSDC) Program to comply with NPDES MS4 Permit requirements. Tasks include evaluating stormwater pollution prevention plans, erosion and sediment control plans, and dewatering plans to ensure proposed construction activities adhere to District policy, and protections are sufficient to prevent stormwater pollution. Tasks also include conducting compliance investigations and enforcing CSDC Program requirements. The ES educates District staff and contractors on best management practices (BMPs), including erosion and sediment control, pollution prevention, and good housekeeping practices. The ES may also be asked to provide technical assistance with IPDES Construction General Permit compliance issues, provide staff training, and assist in the development of ACHD policy. • This position implements portions of ACHD’s Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination Program. Tasks include investigating illicit discharge complaints and providing technical assistance to field staff responding to spills in the right-of-way. The ES is also responsible for conducting annual spill response training. Other duties may include public education and outreach, and sample collection.

Qualifications: • The successful candidate must have considerable knowledge of urban sediment and erosion control BMPs and environmental regulations as they apply to stormwater and a good knowledge and understanding of hydrologic concepts and practices. The ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local environment regulations, prepare and edit technical reports, communicate effectively orally and in writing, and read construction plans is required. The ability to present technical information in non-technical terms to the public is preferred. Certification as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) or similar is a plus. • The successful candidate must be proficient in Word, Excel, Access, and Adobe. • The successful candidate must possess a valid Idaho driver’s license. A Responsible Person certification is required within 30 days of being hired. • Graduate of college or university with a 4-year degree in Environmental, Physical, or Biological Science is preferred. OR any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities may be acceptable.

An AA/EEO/ADA Employer Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.